L.A. TIMES: BRAZILIANS SWEEP GOLD MEDAL GAMES
By Alex Schultz
American teams had a chance to sweep the gold medal games at the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, but they were ultimately no match for their Brazilian foes.
Second-seeded Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt won the men’s bracket with a hard-fought 21-16, 20-22, 15-13 victory against Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena. The score was 9-9 in the third set before Cerutti and Schmidt were able to put some distance between themselves and their opponents.
“They’re good,” Lucena said. “They’ve been playing at a high level; they don’t make too many mistakes. Great blocking, great defense. You’ve got to play perfect to beat them.”
The first-place finish for the Brazilian duo was their fourth in a row on the World Tour. The last time that happened was in 2010, when Dalhausser and Todd Rogers did it.